The Barn Project
When I started painting, one of my favorite subjects was old barns. The more run-down, dilapidated and weather-beaten, the better. Old gray wood and rusty roofs continue to call out to me. On our 2011 annual trip to visit Nell’s family in Ohio, we both noticed something. Many of the old barns we had become familiar with on the drive through Texas, Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky and Ohio were beginning to disintegrate, finally succumbing to neglect and weather.
Nell reminded me that one of the things I had wanted to do early in my painting endeavors was to preserve these old barns in paintings. And while I have painted a lot of them, I realized I had moved further away from the subject in the last year or so. I occasionally fall into that trap of being concerned about what people will buy. And I wasn’t sure people really bought paintings of old barns anymore. So I’m trying to get back to painting what interests me, and letting the chips fall where they may (I love cliches… I even paint a lot of them). And thus has been born The Barn Project.
I’m in the process of going back into my archives and pulling out the barn paintings that I’ve done in the past few years, and compiling them here in one place. I’ll post the newer ones here as they are painted, and, over time, I’ll try to insert information where I have it. In some cases, you can click on the image and get a somewhat larger version.
So… barn lovers… enjoy.